My Shingle

September 2008

Your Partner in Life and Law

September 29, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Update – a reader tipped me off to this letter from Bruce Allen’s Marketing Catalyst that seeks a spouse’s buy in when a professional signs up for Allen’s services.  Actually, I think one of the hardest things for a spouse to understand is that new solos need to invest much of their extra in business […]

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Building a $2 Million Practice From Scratch

September 29, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Are you building your law practice from scratch?  If so, you might want to follow some of the lessons that Wilton McDonald, winner of one of  Originate magazine’s Rainmaker awards shares  here. McDonald isn’t a true solo – he was hired by a small firm in Grand Cayman as senior associate for an eat-what-you kill […]

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September 25, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant
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State Bar Review

September 24, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant


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Meet Me At the National Solo and Small Firm Conference

September 24, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ll be attending the upcoming ABA National Solo and Small Firm Conference in Santa Fe next week, October 2-4, moderating a panel on blogging.  So if there are any specific questions that you’d like me to explore, drop me a comment, or come to the panel — it’s not too late to sign up.  I’m […]

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Whether By Choice or Necessity, They Took the Road Not Taken

September 23, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Some of us start law firms because we want to, others because we have no alternatives.  I was again reminded of this dichotomy by a pair of inspiring stories, here and here, about two successful shinglers, now in the twilight of their careers, who each started law firms at different times and under different circumstances, […]

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Help Me Update MyShingle and Get A Copy of SBC, Plus A Consult

September 17, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

UPDATE 9/24/08 – I have already received a number of wonderful responses to this inquiry, and I’m not accepting any more. If you have already sent me an email, I will be in touch within the next few days. The Online Guide to Solo Practice has been a flagship feature of MyShingle, ever since I launched […]

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What We Do Matters: A Reminder from the Last Lecture

September 17, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Everyday across the nation, hundreds of solos talk to their clients — breaking bad news, explaining how the law works or offering suggestions on how to handle a divorce or fight a trumped up criminal charges or save their home from foreclosure. Nothing precedent-setting or earthshattering, nothing as sexy or high profile as, for example, […]

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A Lawyer’s Guide To Collaboration: Re-imagining Your Law Practice

September 17, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve waited far longer than I ever intended to review The Lawyer’s Guide To Collaboration by familiar lawyer-bloggers Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy.  It’s not that I haven’t had time to read the book – in fact, I devoured it the moment it arrived and reference it frequently for various projects in my practice.  No, […]

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Twitter: A Downpour of Information But the Sun Always Shines

September 11, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

[modified 9/12/08,6:30 am] Like some of my lawyer buddies on Twitter, I’ve noticed that I’ve had an increase in followers ever since JD Supra published this list of lawyers on Twitter.  While I’m flattered to have you all as new friends, don’t expect my tweets to give all that much insight on what I’m (or […]

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